I never did vote for the "2 tiered" wage scale contracts. Gave our local executive board hell for bringing it to the membership.
They should have told guys like me that there was no business plan that would allow a 19 yr old kid (me) to hire in, get paid good money, plus insurance and then at the ripe old age of 49, walk away and get paid for the rest of my life and then for the rest of my widow's life. Plus insurance. It was and is unsustainable. Could have let the "old guys" (Me) earn a bit less, and work a bit longer to keep the deal equal for all. But that wasn't what happened.
They (UAW leaders) had no stomach to get up in front of 2000 guys at a ratification rally and tell the guys that. So they sold the next generation out. Give them half pay, and no pension. They kept insurance.
I voted no, but was in a big minority. (or maybe not, see next)
Case/IH rank and file voted down a 2 tiered contract a year or so later. The International union then had them re-vote. The second vote was held at the Union hall after work hours, not in-plant on company time like the first vote. It was ratified the second time. (Dems would call that "voter suppression")
It was then that I learned when the International UAW brings you a "tentative agreement", it's going to be ratified by hook or by crook.
In the next issue of the UAW magazine SOLIDARITY, the contract was lauded in print as a great victory. No mention of a defeat and re-vote. But I knew it was a fraud. I then began to wonder how many of these "victories" recounted in the magazine were really screwings of the membership.
By then I was as done with the UAW as Col. Kurtz was done with the army. (Apocalypse Now reference)
I took the money and left when my 30 was up. What the hell else was I going to do.
Now, you might say, the UAW didn't sell its membership out, John Deere did. Can't be. Deere as the employer has only a duty to make a profit. The UAW represents its members. Deere can only "sell out" its stockholders and/or customers. Workers can only be "sold out" by the union representing them.
The UAW sold out the young guys then, and I assume that in the future, the UAW will facilitate the young guys returning the favor by selling out the old guys (me) by reducing our retirement in exchange for a bit higher wages. I, for one will not blame the guys.
As for my stats being lies (or damn lies), let's say you have 100 workers, and 30 of them are union members, and 10 years later you have 200 workers and 40 are unionized. You would be correct in saying, "That is an increase of 10 union members". I would also be correct in saying "The percentage of unionized workers has decreased".
So, 2 points: 1. Saying the PERCENTAGE of union workers has declined since the 1950 is a true statement. 2. I am not "worried" about ANY person's salary. I only pointed out union leaders mid 6 to low 7 figure salaries to point out their hypocrisy.
By definition, a hypocrite is someone who rails against something while doing it themselves. Corporate CEOs do not preach against exorbitant salaries. They embrace them. The union bosses bring up CEO pay all the time. Even though they are CEOs themselves. They never mention their own salaries, which the shop floor membership would likely find exorbitant. That is where the union leaders show hypocrisy.
I stand firm in my belief that if unions would get back to a philosophy of "lets represent our membership, focusing on Safety, wages, insurance and pensions", and get away from the "let's mold the world into our vision of a socialist utopia agenda" they'd be far better off.
The average guy says, "What I'm doing now isn't working, I'm going to quit and try something new". A union boss says, "What I'm doing now isn't working, lets do the same thing, only harder". That's what they have been doing for decades, and they wonder why they continue to march toward irrelevancy.
It's no doubt easier for a non-critical thinker to say "It's Reagan's fault", than to look in the mirror and say, "Whoa, maybe it's MY fault".
You might want to think about hiring a "Secretary of 'splainin' stuff" for yourself. (I'm available)
"There ain't no good guy, there ain't no bad guy, there's only you and me and we just disagree". Dave Mason